A bathroom remodel is one of the best ways to add value to your home. It can also help improve your quality of life, and help your home be more efficient. It is important to note that a bathroom remodel is more than just a simple weekend project. More often than not, the homeowner ends up biting off more than they can chew, which is why it is important to be prepared. Here is what you need to know before your bathroom remodel.
One of the most important things when it comes to a bathroom remodel is to have a plan. Think about things like the layout, what type of fixtures you want, and lighting concepts before demolition begins. A plan helps you understand what you want to get out of the remodel, and helps you better communicate with your contractor.
It is really important to make sure you and your contractor are on the same page. Often times there was a miscommunication, and something goes awry. Clear up front communication can help alleviate this and help ensure you are getting what you want from your team.
Anytime demolition is involved, you run the risk of surprises. Perhaps your contractor ran into asbestos that needs to be properly removed, or some of your wiring isn’t up to code. The point is, even under the best of circumstances, there is usually something that comes along that you were not planning for. This is why it is important to consider your budget. Remember you budget is not set in stone, leave room for emergencies.
Most cities require a building permit for or any type of extensive construction. If you are undergoing a pretty big remodel, or if you are adding on a bathroom, you will probably need to obtain the proper permits. Failure to do so could result in a shutdown of work order, and fines from the city. In addition, any addition that is not properly permitted and up to code can prevent the sale of a property.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to your bathroom remodel. Code violations can be costly, and as we mentioned above make it difficult to sell your home. Keeping things up to code is also important to protect the safety of you and your loved ones.
One of the biggest decisions for your bathroom remodel is what tile to choose. After all, you are the one who is going to live with it, so it is important that you like your choice and don’t end up tiring of it. Which is why it is best to choose a timeless tile like glass, porcelain, and natural stone. Don’t get too caught up in trends, think about the avocado green tiles of the past, and steer yourself back into the neutral tones that are always in style.
One of the best things about a bathroom remodel is you can replace old plumbing fixtures with new more efficient ones. If you live in an older home with original plumbing, then your existing plumbing fixtures could be wasting thousands of gallons of water per year. Newer more efficient plumbing fixtures like HET toilets are designed to use as little as ½ gallon of water per flush, which can lead to exponential savings. Consider your faucets, showerheads, and even your water heater.
Working with a professional is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of a DIY bathroom remodel. A professional who has been properly trained knows how much space must be around your toilet in order for it to be up to code, or knows what kind of drywall to use to prevent mold. The success of your bathroom remodel lies in the details, and a trained professional who is licensed and insured is always going to be your best bet. To learn more about bathroom remodels or to schedule an appointment contact Rooter Hero today!